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Till Peter's keys some christen’d Jove adorn,
Behold yon isle, by palmers, pilgrims trod,
• Men bearded, bald, cowld, uncowld, shod, unshod,
[thers, Peeld, patch'd, and piebald, linsey-woolsey broGrave mummers! sleeveless some, and shirtless
others. That once was Britain - Happy! had she seen '17 No fiercer sons, had Easter never been. In peace, great goddess, ever be adored ; How keen the war, if Dulness draw the sword! Thus visit not thy own! on this bless'd age O spread thy influence, but restrain thy rage.
* And see, my son! the hour is on its way That lifts our goddess to imperial sway; This favourite isle, long sever'd from her reign, Dove-like, she gathers to her wings again. Now look through Fate! behold the scene she
'What aids, what armies, to assert her cause!
IMITATIONS. 117 118 Happy!-had Easter never been.] Et fortunatam, si nunquam armenta fuissent.'
VIRG. Ecl. VI.
VIRG. Æn. VI.
As Berecynthia, while her offspring vie '31
• Mark first that youth who takes the foremost
And thrusts his person full into your face,
• A second see, by meeker manners known, And modest as the maid that sips alone ; From the strong fate of drams if thou get free, Another Durfey, Ward! shall sing in thee.
131 As Berecynthia, &c.]
Felix prole virûm : qualis Berecynthia mater
VIRG. Æn. VI. 139 Mark first that youth, &c.]
'Ille, vides? para juvenis qui nititur hasta,
Proxima sorte tenet lucis loca.'- Virg. Æn. VI. 141 With all thy father's virtues bless d, be born!] A manner of expression used by Virgil, Ecl. VIII.
* Nascere, præque diem veniens age, Lucifer.'—
fata aspera rumpas, Tu Marcellus eris!'
VIRG. Æn. VI.
Thee shall each alehouse, thee each gillhouse
mourn, And answering ginshops sourer sighs return.
Jacob, the scourge of grammar, mark with
Nor less revere him, blunderbuss of law. 150
149 Jacob.] “This gentleman is a son of a considerable maltster of Romsey, in Hampshire, and bred to the law under a very eminent attorney: who, between bis more laborious studies, has diverted himself with poetry. He is a great admirer of poets and their works, which has occasioned him to try his genias that way.—He has writ in prose the Lives of the Poets, Essays, and a great many law books, Accomplished Conveyancer, Modern Justice, &c.' Giles Jacob of himself, Lives of Poets, vol. i. He very grossly, and unprovoked, abused in that book the author's friend, Mr. Gay. W.
152 Horneck-- Roome.] These two were virulent party writers, worthily coupled together, and, one would think, prophetically; since, after the publishing of this piece, the former dying, the latter succeeded him in honour and employment. The first was Philip Horneck, author of a Billingsgate paper called the High German Doctor. Edward Roome was son of an undertaker for funerals in Fleet-street, and writ some of the papers called Pasquin, where, by malicious inuendoes, he endeavoured to represent our author guilty of malevolent practices with a great man then ander prosecution of parliament. Of this man was made the following epigram:
IMITATIONS, 147 Thee shall each alehouse, &c.]
*Te nemus Anguitiæ, vitrea te Facinus unda,
VIPG. Æn. VII.
etiam lauri, etiam flevere myricæ,' &c.
duo fulmina belli Scipiadas, cladem Libyæ!'
VIRG. Æn. VI.
Lo sneering Goode, half malice and half whim, 153
howls, 165 And makes night bideous-- Answer him,ye owls ! 16
The jest is lost unless be prints his face.
W. Goode.] An ill-natured critic, who writ a satire on our author, called The Mock Æsop, and many anonymous libels in newspapers, for bire.
- Ralph.] James Ralph, a name inserted after the first editions, not known to our author till he writ a swearing piece called Sawney, very abusive of Dr. Swift, Mr. Gay, and himself. These lines alluded to a thing of his entitled Night, a poem. This low writer attended his own works with panegyrics in the Journals, and once in particular praised bimself highly above Mr. Addison, in wretched remarks upon that author's account of English Poets printed in a London Jour
Visit thus the glimpses of the moon,
Sense, speech, and measure, living tongues and
Ah, Dennis! Gildon, ah! what ill-starr'd rage
"Behold yon pair, in strict embraces join'd; 179 How like in manners, and how like in mind!
nal, Sept. 17, 1728. He was wholly illiterate, and knew no language, not even French. Being advised to read the rules of dramatic poetry before he began a play, he smiled, and replied, “Shakspeare writ without roles. He ended at last in the common sink of all such writers, a political newspaper, to which he was recommended by bis friend Arnall, and received a small pittance for pay.
169 Flow, Welsted, flow ! &c.] Parody on Denham. Cooper's Hill:
'Q could I flow like thee, and make thy stream
Strong without rage; without o'erflowing, full! 177 Embrace, embrace, my sons! be foes no more!] Virg. Æn. VI.
Ne tanta animis assuescite bella, Neu patriæ validas in viscera vertite vires.
'Tuque prior, tu parce-sanguis meus ! '179 Behold yon pair, in strict embraces join'd.]